Special Issue "Advances in Rhabdomyosarcoma"

A special issue of Cells (ISSN 2073-4409).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Francesca Megiorni
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Guest Editor
Department of Experimental Medicine, SAPIENZA University of Rome, 00161 Rome, Italy
Interests: epigenetics; targeted therapy; regenerative medicine; molecular and cellular biology; network medicine; genetics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) is the most commonly diagnosed malignant soft tissue tumour in paediatric age, with alveolar RMS (ARMS) and embryonal RMS (ERMS) representing the two main histological subtypes. Despite the improvement in standardized therapeutic protocols, involving surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, patients with metastatic or recurrent disease have a poor clinical outcome with a 5-year overall survival of about 30%. So, the discovery of innovative therapies against RMS is an absolute clinical priority. To this concern, the definition of the specific altered coding and non-coding genes, as well as the precise molecular mechanisms playing role in their aberrant expression and in tumour–microenvironment communication may represent a more focused solution that can help finding new biomarkers and setting novel targeted therapies against RMS. The aim of the present Special Issue is to assemble recent advancements into the in vitro and in vivo effects of a novel generation of antitumoral molecules (epigenetic drugs, microRNAs, small inhibitors), as single agents and in combination with conventional treatments or immunotherapy. Because complex systems, such as malignancies, can be more thoroughly defined if considered as a whole, "omics" approaches will be particularly appreciated for the identification, the characterization and quantification of the drug-related molecular properties. Particular interest will be given to the antitumoral effects against cancer stem cells (CSCs), which have a pivotal role in the acquired therapy resistance associated with RMS progression and relapse, as well as poor clinical outcomes in cancer patients. Rapidly emerging data have the potential to be translated into more efficient and less toxic personalized treatments for the clinical care of RMS patients.

We look forward to your contributions to this Special Issue (Cells; IF: 4.366, ISSN 2073-4409) in the form of original research articles and reviews.

Dr. Francesca Megiorni
Guest Editor

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  • rhabdomyosarcoma
  • targeted therapy
  • antitumoral molecules
  • epigenetics
  • microRNA
  • “omics” analysis
  • biomarkers
  • chemotherapy
  • radiotherapy
  • immunotherapy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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